2020 road racing line up

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AntG23985
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Several leading road racing riders have confirmed their teams for the 2020 season

Roads debutants OMG Racing have signed David Johnson and James Hillier

Dean Harrison remains with Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

Peter Hickman stays with Smiths BMW who are now the official BMW roads team

Honda racing have upcoming star Davey Todd and 2020 TT debutant Glenn Irwin who has won at the North West and Macau.

The 2019 TT Privateers champion Jamie Coward remains with the PreZ Racing Yamaha team and hopes to build on his impressive showing this year in which he became one of just 22 riders to have lapped the course in excess of 130mph, finishing in the top 10 in every race including 5th in Supersport race 2 and a debut podium on the KTS Kawasaki in the lightweight race when he was edged for the win by just over a second by Michael Dunlop.

Manxman Conor Cummins is remaining with Padgetts Honda with Bruce Anstey yet to confirm whether he'll be at TT 2020 though he has said he will absolutely be back for the Classic TT races on a 500 and 250, he's going to wait until early next year to make a decision on the TT itself.

Michael Rutter will once again be riding in the Bathams team though he's not confirmed whether he'll be using the RCV yet.

Adam McLean remains with McAdoo Racing.

The popular Dominic Herbertson is riding for Davies Motorsport and also riding lightweight bike for Cowton Racing.

John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop are all yet to confirm their 2020 plans, though McGuinness seems keen on riding the Ducati V4 he had at Macau, Hutchy is rumoured to be racing a Shaun Muir BMW and Dunlop is rumoured to be returning to Hawk Racing which would leave space at Tyco BMW.

Other riders I'm yet to see confirm their 2020 plans are TT winners Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston as well as rising star Paul Jordan, multiple Irish road racing champions Derek Sheils and Derek McGee and TT top 10 finisher Phil Crowe though I'd imagine Crowe will be running his own team again.

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Looking forward to the roads next year, taking my first trip to the TT and as we've discussed on another thread praying the Ulster GP continues

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Did you sort out a homestay Schwantz34?

I've booked my campsite and just paid the ferry fee off this week, I'm over from the 5th until the 14th.

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I did thanks. It's all a bit casual right enough like a gentleman's agreement where I've sent a hundred pound deposit by cheque and then pay the balance when I get there, no formal paperwork or anything like that :lol: fingers x'd I've not been scammed!!!!

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Bournemouth Kawasaki on the verge of unveiling a multiple TT winner in their 2020 team. My gut says it's Hutchy.

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I did not expect that!

Hope it's a good move - it's been a while since McG has been anything other than a #1 rider for a factory (for the superbikes). There's been a fair bit of moving around this year, wonder if Hillier can get the results this year, he's been a nearly-man many times, maybe the change of team will give him the boost/luck/change he needs to find that extra smidge.

Any news on Hutchison?

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Ant, noticed something when I was scrolling through the Ulster GP tweets from the last two years. They seem to firmly blame poor spectator numbers for the financial crisis faced by the event, rather than no financial mismanagement.

Although it can't be an accurate guide of spectator numbers, they collected 12500 pounds for the injured riders welfare fund in 2018 and then 13900 in 2019. If the rumoured 1/4 million shortfall is completely down to lack of ticket sales for main raceday ( because of weather) that means that with almost 8500 less ticket sales ie 250000 divide by 30 pounds per ticket they raised 1500 more for injured riders.

I smell a rat, afraid to put anything on the Twitter page though just in case bad publicity puts potential sponsors off

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Schwantz34 wrote:Ant, noticed something when I was scrolling through the Ulster GP tweets from the last two years. They seem to firmly blame poor spectator numbers for the financial crisis faced by the event, rather than no financial mismanagement.

Although it can't be an accurate guide of spectator numbers, they collected 12500 pounds for the injured riders welfare fund in 2018 and then 13900 in 2019. If the rumoured 1/4 million shortfall is completely down to lack of ticket sales for main raceday ( because of weather) that means that with almost 8500 less ticket sales ie 250000 divide by 30 pounds per ticket they raised 1500 more for injured riders.

I smell a rat, afraid to put anything on the Twitter page though just in case bad publicity puts potential sponsors off
There's something that doesn't add up for sure, the Ulster has been struggling for over 25 years though really, the washout of 2008 almost finished them and I don't think they've ever truly recovered from that. They can blame spectator numbers all they want but they are the only road race which charges an entry fee for spectators so straight away they have an avenue for fundraising that other clubs don't.

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bikermike wrote:I did not expect that!

Hope it's a good move - it's been a while since McG has been anything other than a #1 rider for a factory (for the superbikes). There's been a fair bit of moving around this year, wonder if Hillier can get the results this year, he's been a nearly-man many times, maybe the change of team will give him the boost/luck/change he needs to find that extra smidge.

Any news on Hutchison?
No news on Hutchy yet or Michael Dunlop.

I'd love to see Hillier win a Superbike/Senior race, fast rider and just an all round nice guy and maybe this is the spark he needs to get back to top form because while he's always been quick and a podium contender in recent years he's never been as quick as the Hillier who pushed McGuinness in that Senior race in 2015.

As for John, the Kawasaki definitely has the speed and he's still the 5th fastest man around the TT course so assuming everything clicks for him, there's no reason why he can't at the very least be on the podium.

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Any news on Hutchy/McD? I'm sure I've heard something about a big reveal at the TT launch, but I've not seen anything.

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Apparently Hutchison's out in Monteblanco with the BSB paddock riding an R6, it's been suggested he'll do the NW200 on it but haven't read anything about any arrangements for stock 1000 or superbike

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So I read, interesting to see how he goes on it. Bigger guy and from WSB race 1, the speed advantage seems reduced this year.

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Smiths Racing posted a week ago they've got some big news to announce in four weeks time, well four weeks from that post will be just before the TT launch event. I've got a hunch they'll be running a second BMW for Hutchy.

I'm surprised TAS haven't announced anybody for the roads yet, it would have been nice for riders like Derek Sheils, Derek McGee, Jamie Coward, Sam West, Dominic Herbertson or Phil Crowe to get a chance on top spec machinery.

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It will be interesting to see how the Ducati goes around the island, it's been some time since one has been there, think it was Rutter around 2011-12.

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Wonder if they'll give Slick Bass a call. He's built a few bikes that are fast round the island. And has a bit of a track record with some northern bloke and ducati...

(And big mickey D won't have any qualms about ignoring factory politics...)

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Not that it matters now...

TT cancelled...

https://www.energyfm.net/cms/news_story ... uF3Dbzzs90
:shock: :cry:

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Came out yesterday that Hutchy has re-signed for Synetiq BMW(formally Tyco) when the racing finally gets underway.

He had a lot of success with them in the two seasons he was with them too, 3 TT wins, 3 Ulster wins, a NW200 win and runner-up in the 2016 National Superstock championship.

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Question for you guys. Came across this on Michael Dunlop’s Facebook page. Would like to support the cause and these glasses are sweet as hell.

Curious if any of you know more about this restaurant, Villa. Seems may be close to Dunlop’s. I sent a message to email found on their Facebook page but doubting to get a reply anytime soon. When they do get back up hoping they can ship some in the post. :)

https://m.facebook.com/637162946320757/ ... _tn__=EH-R

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Manx (and cl****c TT) cancelled.

That's my holiday screwed...

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Me too Mike, the crisis has scuppered every 40th birthday present I had. Ice speedway in Holland cancelled, NW200 cancelled, TT cancelled :(

However, there is nobody to blame for this situation ( lets not get into any conspiracies about China!!!!!) and as long as the cancellation of these events is for the greater good ie the health of everyone then I can stomach it.

Hope the steam packet company allow you the option for refund/transfer to no year

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kenup283 wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 5:37 am
Question for you guys. Came across this on Michael Dunlop’s Facebook page. Would like to support the cause and these glasses are sweet as hell.

Curious if any of you know more about this restaurant, Villa. Seems may be close to Dunlop’s. I sent a message to email found on their Facebook page but doubting to get a reply anytime soon. When they do get back up hoping they can ship some in the post. :)

https://m.facebook.com/637162946320757/ ... _tn__=EH-R
Villa is owned by Michael Dunlop and a woman called Maggie who also runs the place.

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Schwantz34 wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 12:46 am
Me too Mike, the crisis has scuppered every 40th birthday present I had. Ice speedway in Holland cancelled, NW200 cancelled, TT cancelled :(

However, there is nobody to blame for this situation ( lets not get into any conspiracies about China!!!!!) and as long as the cancellation of these events is for the greater good ie the health of everyone then I can stomach it.

Hope the steam packet company allow you the option for refund/transfer to no year
Yeah I've transferred my TT booking to next year.

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Manx ferry transferred.
We have messaged the B&B to see about moving that too. We'll still go over this year if it's practicable. Plenty of friends to visit, small trains to ride on and queenies to eat.

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